Hodgson poser for punters

  • Last Updated: May 12 2014, 15:54 BST

The bookmakers have priced up a market on who they will think will be the starting XI for England's first World Cup match against Italy.

Roy Hodgson's first XI v Italy could well have a youthful look
Roy Hodgson's first XI v Italy could well have a youthful look

Roy Hodgson unveiled his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals on Monday afternoon with a number of his youthful selections odds-on to kick-off against the Italians in Manaus on June 14.

Barring any hiccups in the build-up, Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney will be the backbone of the side as they are all currently 1/20 with Sky Bet to get the nod for the opener.

The back four looks pretty much set as well with Gary Cahill (1/8), Glen Johnson (1/6), Leighton Baines (1/6) and Phil Jagielka (1/4) all trading at short odds.

The midfield options have a more open look with Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (5/6) the shortest price at Sky Bet ahead of Adam Lallana (10/11) with Raheem Sterling (11/10), Jack Wilshere (6/5) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a 5/4 chance.

The more experienced pair of James Milner and Frank Lampard are currently priced at  11/8 and 5/2 by Sky Bet respectively.  

William Hill however take a different view with Gerrard (1/100), Lampard (4/9), Milner (4/7) and Wilshere (1/6) at the top of the betting while Rooney and Daniel Sturridge 1/100 and 1/10 to start up front.

Danny Welbeck is 8/11 at Sky Bet while Hills are less optimistic about his hopes and go 5/2.

Hills spokesman Joe Crilly said: "The multiple of the 11 favourites to start against Italy comes to a shade over 5/2."

"So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a football manager, there is potentially some money to be made."

England can be backed at 33/1 in genral to win the World Cup while Coral go slightly shorter at 28/1 and their spokesman John Hill said: “Most football fans would have been able to predict the 23-man squad with the exception maybe of Ashley Cole who has been left out for Luke Shaw.

"Punters don’t seem to be too optimistic this year about England chances as most of the money so far has come for the big four at the top of the betting."

England World Cup squad: J Hart (Manchester City), B Foster (West Brom), F Forster (Celtic); G Johnson (Liverpool), P Jagielka (Everton), G Cahill (Chelsea), C Smalling (Manchester United), P Jones (Manchester United), L Baines (Everton), L Shaw (Southampton); S Gerrard (Liverpool, capt), F Lampard (Chelsea), J Henderson (Liverpool), J Milner (Manchester City), J Wilshere (Arsenal), R Barkley (Everton), A Lallana (Southampton), R Sterling (Liverpool), A Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal); W Rooney (Manchester United), D Sturridge (Liverpool), D Welbeck (Manchester United), R Lambert (Southampton).

Posted at 1530 BST on 12/05/2014